Fixed Braces Treatment
Examination and dental records such as X-rays, photos and impressions for plaster study models of your teeth are done. Your orthodontist will plan your treatment using these records. Very often, permanent teeth are removed when they are crowded and there is not enough space in the jaws for all of them.
The extractions are done in conjunction with braces fitting appointments. Braces fitting appointments may take 2 or 3 visits and extractions are usually scheduled after the first and second braces appointments, but the final and third fitting of the braces is done after the all extractions are completed.
Your orthodontist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. Before braces are fitted, separators (small plastic "doughnuts") are placed between your molars for a week to create spaces for the molar bands.
Third and Fourth Visits:
Bands are cemented and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth.
Every 4 to 8 weeks, adjustments are made to the braces by way of wire-changers, adding springs, elastics or other accessories.
Accessories are necessary to make your braces work. Elastics are often used to get your upper and lower teeth to bite together properly. Facemask, headgear or biteplate are sometimes used with fixed braces. It is very important to use all accessories exactly as you have been told. Otherwise, progress of the treatment might stop or even reverse.
When Treatment is Completed
Your fixed braces will be removed at a deband appointment, followed by removal of cement and polishing of your teeth. Moulds of your teeth in their new positions are taken to make retainers. After your braces are removed, you will need retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for the next few years.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The normal period of treatment with fixed braces is 2 to 3 years. You will need to make time every 4 to 8 weeks for visit your orthodontist regularly if you wish for your treatment to finish well and on time.
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